De Jay maintained innocence until death

21 May 2014 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAY (NAMPA) – A retired teacher who committed suicide last week shortly after he was found guilty in April this year of murdering his wife near Seeheim in the //Karas Region, maintained his innocence until his death.
The now-deceased David De Jay, 63, wrote a letter on Tuesday last week.
He addressed the letter to one of his of friends, a certain Costa who resides at the southern town of Keetmanshoop in //Karas.
“On my own case. You (Costa) know, I have not done a thing wrong. I have not murdered anybody. I will never do a thing like that. Maybe God will reveal the truth one day. I am innocent, and you know it. But, there is no justice in this country. Thank you for everything you helped me with for the past four years,” De Jay wrote in the letter.
This letter was written on 13 May at 03h00.
The letter, along with a copy of De Jay’s death certificate, were presented on Wednesday morning to High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka before the judge ordered the removal of the murder case from the Windhoek High Court roll.
This was done after State representative Advocate Palmer Khumalo informed Siboleka that the retired schoolteacher had died.
De Jay died last Thursday at a local hospital, a few days after he was taken there from his cell at the Windhoek Central Prison.
He committed suicide by taking an overdose of pills. This is contained in a post-mortem report on his death presented before court this morning.
“The accused person - David de Jay - has died. He has committed suicide. Therefore, this matter is now struck off the roll of the High Court,” said Judge Siboleka.
On 24 April this year, deceased De Jay was found guilty of murdering his wife Tina de Jay, 56, on 13 February 2009 at Seeheim in the Keetmanshoop district.
The murder count was dealt with by the court in terms of the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act Four of 2003, which warrants heavy punishment in case of conviction.
He was also found guilty on a second count of defeating or obstructing the course of justice, or attempting to do so.
The victim was stabbed at least six times with a knife, and De Jay claimed before court that unknown people caused the death of his wife during an alleged robbery.
He pleaded not guilty to the two counts of murder and defeating or obstructing the course of justice, or attempting to do so, at the start of the trial last year.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Milton Engelbrecht represented the deceased retired schoolteacher, while acting on the instructions of the Ministry of Justice's Directorate of Legal Aid.